Certainly, you are reading this not because you want to fail, but in order to know what NOT to do. Take the opposite road from those presented below and you will have a much better chance at publishing success.
1: Sit down and write a book without giving one thought to its purpose, your reason for writing it and your audience.
2: Decide from the get-go that you will not waste any time at writers’ group meetings, writers’ conferences and the like.
3: Avoid information and material that might shed some light on the processes involved with successful publishing.
4: Do not hire an editor for your manuscript. After all, you prepare reports at work all the time, you know how to write.
5: Create your own cover design. It doesn’t really matter what the cover looks like, anyway.
6: Have unrealistic expectations. In other words, expect to see your book for sale at bookstores nationwide. Expect to appear on major TV shows. And expect to sell thousands of copies each week without really trying.
7: Go with the first pay-to-publish company that expresses an interest in your project (which will be the first one you approach).
8: Don’t read or understand the contract and don’t question the large sum of money the company wants up front. Take the attitude that all of these companies must be the same.
9: Avoid anything that resembles promotion. You don’t have time to promote your book and you probably don’t have to. Once people see it, they will buy it without question.
10: Blame everyone else when your book fails. And write another book for publication using this same “lack of” strategy.
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